Barack Obama, speaking in Spanish, addresses Puerto Rico in advance of Sunday’s (!) primary.
** FROM THE MCCAIN INNER CIRCLE. Here’s an interview with my pal Steve Schmidt, senior advisor to Senator John McCain, on the campaign to come against Barack Obama.
** TEXAS DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN AND SPOUSE BACK OBAMA. Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie, and his Democratic National Committee member wife Betty, this morning announced their superdelegate votes for Barack Obama. NWN was the first media outlet to report that Obama won the overall Texas contest in March. While Hillary Clinton narrowly won the primary, 51% to 48%, Obama won the caucuses that night, at which a record-shattering one million-plus voters participated, 59% to 41%.
** HILLARY FACES DEFEAT AT SATURDAY’S D.N.C. RULES COMMITTEE MEETING. Hillary Clinton has hinged her flickering hopes for the nomination on tomorrow’s DNC rules committee meeting, where she hopes that party officials will overturn the rules and seat the delegations she “won” in illegitimate primaries staged in Michigan and Florida. It’s not going to happen, as you see in this Huffington Post report.
** CALIFORNIA LOVES OBAMA. Despite the fact that he lost the February primary to Hillary Clinton, California Democrats now favor Barack Obama over Clinton, 51% to 38%, according to the new Field Poll. Obama leads John McCain in the Golden State by a whopping 17 points. Much as was the case last week in the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll. It may just be, incidentally, that launching one’s political career as an official of the Mitt Romney and McCain campaigns is not the ticket to the governorship of California …
** MY NEW PODCAST. The road ahead.
** WHERE THEY ARE TODAY.
Barack Obama is in Great Falls, Montana.
John McCain is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Hillary Clinton is in Puerto Rico.
Bill Clinton is in South Dakota.
** SCHWARZENEGGER LIVE WEBCAST THIS MORNING. Back from Mexico City — and I’ll have more on that trip later — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger holds a press conference this morning in the LA area community of Pacoima to announce $463 million in new allocations for construction and modernization at charter schools around California. Schwarzenegger will make the announcement at the Vaughn International Studies Academy. As many readers will recall, Schwarzenegger championed the successful passage of $42 billion in new infrastructure bonds in the 2006 general election. Now the money is beginning to be allocated, as you will see in the 10:15 AM event webcast live on www.gov.ca.gov.
** THE OTHER BIG PROBLEM WITH HILLARY’S NOTORIOUS REMARKS. I explain the OTHER big problem with Hillary Clinton’s notorious Friday afternoon remarks, on my other blog. (Not the RFK assassination reference, but her false claim that Bill Clinton’s 1992 nomination was in any doubt in June. As you’ll see, the Clinton high command knew in May that the fight was effectively over.)
** 24/7 LIVE TV NEWS FEED FROM RUSSIA TODAY. Russia has re-emerged as one of the world’s great powers. Click here for a live TV news feed on your computer, bringing you English-language, jargon-free, fast-paced coverage of global and Russian news from the new Russia Today channel. You probably already know about CNN International, BBC World, and Al Jazeera. Russia Today, which also features culture, entertainment, and sports, is based in Moscow and is owned and operated by the TV Novosti division of Russia’s state news agency, RIA Novosti.
While it’s quite foolish to expect to see, say, criticism of Vladimir Putin on Russia Today, which I know as a former DemRussia advisor, the channel is very interesting nonetheless. The NWN live link to RT does not constitute an endorsement of the channel’s views. It’s presented as an otherwise unavailable new media window.
** TRACK GLOBAL AND U.S. ENERGY PRICES IN NEAR REAL TIME VIA BLOOMBERG ENERGY MARKET WATCH. Crude oil is trading in the $127 to $128 per barrel range.
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